Report: Lakers claim C Tarik Black, waive F Xavier Henry

Monday December 29th, 2014

The Los Angeles Lakers claimed center Tarik Black off waivers on Sunday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Black, a rookie, was waived by the Houston Rockets on Friday to open a roster spot for Josh Smith, who signed with the Rockets after he was released by the Detroit Pistons.

The Lakers released injured forward Xavier Henry to clear a spot for Black. Henry suffered a season-ending torn Achilles last month. The four-year veteran was coming off his best season in 2013-14, as he averaged 10.0 points and 21.1 minutes per game, both career-highs.

Report: T'Wolves expect Ricky Rubio to return in mid-January

Black, a 6'11 forward and, like Henry, a former Kansas Jayhawks star, went undrafted but had impressed during early-seaon action. In 25 games (12 starts), Black averaged 4.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 15.7 minutes per game.

According to Wojnarowski, the Rockets attempted to trade a player to clear a roster spot for Smith, but chose to release Black instead. Black has a non-guaranteed contract for $500,000 this season, and the Lakers will also have a team option of $845,000 for next season.

The Lakers have opened the season 9-21.

Mike Fiammetta

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.